Here are two videos from 2013, from two separate classes (6th grade boys, and 5th grade girls) using Minecraft to simulate historical events.
Here, Mr. Moore narrating about his 6th Graders’ recreation of Ancient Egypt’s Mastaba.
Ms. Layton’s 5th graders used Minecraft to simulate the founding of the Jamestown Settlement in America.
Both projects called for coordinated teamwork, historical accuracy and completion of goals. The students, already seasoned in Minecraft in a non-educational setting, experienced powerful learning outcomes during these projects. There was conflict and frustration as the projects called for different “work gangs,” which their labors was not evenly distributed. They found out “first hand” about being part of the working class vs. the privileged.
Please read more about Mr. Moore’s project here.
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After the first couple of classes, I think it’s time to reorganize the team dynamics a bit. The girls were going off track qite a bit and not progressing towards the objectives as I had hoped. There is too much chaos and I believe they will end up like the real Jamestown Colony and cease to exist. Yes that would be interesting in a study, but I really want the girls to work together towards the goals of cooperation and create a successful town. I want them to really understand that it’s hard work to create and maintain a working town.
I’ll give it another try with the reorganizing as pictured above and see if it works. Otherwise, they will fail. Which is okay too.
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Laying Down The Foundation from SSH Vimeo on Vimeo.
The 5th grade girls have begun re-creating James Fort for their Jamestown Colony Project. Teamwork and historical connections are the key objectives.